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Other Name
RCMP BREECHES
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970073002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RCMP BREECHES
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
104.8
Width
42.7
Description
PAIR WOOL NAVY BLUE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE BREECHES. YELLOW STRIPE DOWN LEGS; LACED AT BOTTOM OF EACH. POCKET AT EACH SIDE OF WAIST; COIN POCKET ALSO AT RIGHT. SIX BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; SIX ADDITIONAL BUTTONS AROUND INTERIOR OF WAISTBAND FOR CONNECTING SUSPENDERS. POCKETS AND WAISTBAND LINED WITH WHITE COTTON. PANTS ARE REINFORCED AT INSEAMS NEAR KNEE AREA. NO MARKINGS. COTTON LINING SOILED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO E.D. WHITE, REG. #21698; FEB. 21, 1941. FOR RELATED PIECES SEE P19970073001-8-GA; FOR HISTORY OF COLLECTION SEE P19970073001-GA. HISTORY AND USE OF UNIFORM UNKNOWN. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING ITEMS, INCLUDING SEVERAL ITEMS DONATED BY THE LEGION. EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE RCMP HISTORY SECTION GAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: THE SERIAL NUMBER 21698 DOES NOT BELONG TO E.D. WHITE. IT BELONGED TO AN RCMP OFFICER WHO SERVED BETWEEN 1961-1997. NO RCMP MEMBER WITH THE LAST NAME "WHITE" AND INITIALS "E.D." WERE FOUND WITHIN THE RCMP RECORDS. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE.
Catalogue Number
P19970073002
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1932
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
JERSEY
Catalogue Number
P19990088002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1932
Date Range To
1950
Materials
JERSEY
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.0
Length
53.0
Width
49.5
Description
WHITE JERSEY. SHIRT IS WAIST LENGTH, WITH HALF LENGTH SLEEVES. THERE IS A BLUE LOGO ON LEFT CHEST. LOGO CONSISTS OF A BUFFALO HEAD IN THE CENTER OF AN OVAL SHAPE; WITHIN BORDER OF OVAL READS "MAINTIENS LE DROIT". ATOP OVAL IS A CROWN; ON THE SIDES OF THE OVAL ARE MAPLE LEAVES; AND BELOW OVAL IS A BANNER SHAPE, WITHIN WHICH READS "ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE". THERE IS A TAG ON INSIDE BACK OF NECK; TAG IS WHITE WITH RED PRINT THAT READS "UNIQUE UNIQUE PRODUCTS CO TORONTO".
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, EDWARD BUCHANAN. DONOR THINKS SHIRT WAS USED BY FATHER DURING SPORTS ACTIVITIES. EDWARD WAS A MEMBER OF THE ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE FROM 1919 UNTIL 1932 WHEN HE TRANSFERRED TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. HE WAS A SENIOR STAFF SARGEANT, ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE AT LETHBRIDGE FROM MAY 1944 TO NOV. 1950. HE RETIRED IN 1950, THEN BECAME DIRECTOR OF CORRECTIONS FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. FOLLOWING RETIREMENT, EDWARD BECAME A MEMBER OF THE RCMP VETERAN'S ASSOCIATION IN 1950/51 IN EDMONTON AND REMAINED A MEMBER UNTIL HIS PASSING; HE ALSO SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THIS ASSOCIATION. SEE P20020090001-GA FOR COMPLETE BIOGRAPHY OF EDWARD BUCHANAN.
Catalogue Number
P19990088002
Acquisition Date
2000-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CITY POLICE COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BUFFALO HIDE, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19770085004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CITY POLICE COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Materials
BUFFALO HIDE, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
135
Width
57
Description
BROWN 3/4 LENGTH BUFFALO FUR COAT, COTTON QUILT LINING. WOOD BUTTONS & LEATHER LOOP. 2 OUTSIDE, 1 INSIDE POCKET. SMALL CHAIN SEWN IN FOR HANGING. BUTTONS NOT ORIGINAL. TORN ALONG BACK & AROUND SHOULDER. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BUFFALO COATS USED BY CITY POLICE UNTIL ABOUT THE 1960'S. REPLACED BY LIGHTER COATS & JACKETS. BETWEEN 2008 AND 2009, RET. LETHBRIDGE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT GLEN MICHELSON STATED THAT THE FUR COATS WERE “A MUST WALKING THE BEATS ON COLD WINTER NIGHTS” FOR BEAT CONSTABLES. HE BELIEVED THAT THEY WERE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE SOMETIME “AROUND 1956” AND REPLACED WITH “GREAT COATS AND PEA JACKETS”. MANY FUNNY RET. OFFICER STORIES EXIST AND MICHELSON ADDED THAT “AROUND 1948, GRANT YOUNG CONSTABLE WAS STANDING STILL AT THE CORNER OF 4TH AVENUE AND 6TH STREET AND A DOG USED HIM AS A FIRE HYDRANT.” *UPDATE*: ON NOVEMBER 24TH, 2016, UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE GRAD STUDENT JOSH READ, FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, INTERVIEWED RETIRED LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE (FORCE) MEMBER MARCEL ST. ONGE ON ACCOUNT OF HIS INTEREST IN THE FORCE’S PAST USE OF FUR CLOTHING IN POLICE PATROLS. ON DECEMBER 2ND, 2016, READ JOINTLY INTERVIEWED RETIREES BILL PLOMP AND GLEN MICHELSON ON THE SAME SUBJECT. TO READ COPIES OF THESE TWO INTERVIEWS, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE FOR DONATION P20080002002.
Catalogue Number
P19770085004
Acquisition Date
1976-09
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.C.M.P. UNIFORM
Date Range From
1932
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19990088005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P. UNIFORM
Date Range From
1932
Date Range To
1950
Materials
COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.0
Length
93.0
Width
46.5
Description
OLIVE DRAB, LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT. FRONT OPENING CLOSES WITH 5 OLIVE, PLASTIC BUTTONS; THERE IS ALSO A BUTTON FOR EACH CUFF. ON EACH SIDE OF CHEST IS A FLAPPED PATCH POCKET THAT ALSO CLOSES WITH A BUTTON (AS ABOVE). SHIRT HAS A TURNED DOWN COLLAR, AND A PLAIN OLIVE GREEN EPAULETTE ON EACH SHOULDER THAT IS HELD IN PLACE WITH A BUTTON (AS ABOVE). A WHITE TAG, ON INSIDE BACK, WITH BLACK PRINT READS "ALLAN SHIRT FINELY TAILORED". STAMPED ABOVE TAG IS "16", AND STAMPED BELOW TAG IS "7 5 45". STAMPED ON UNDERSIDE OF COLLAR, ON OUTSIDE BACK OF SHIRT, IS "ALLAN QUALITY 7 5 45 R.C.M.P.". THERE IS ALSO A BUTTON HOLE ON BACK OF COLLAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, EDWARD BUCHANAN. EDWARD WAS A MEMBER OF THE ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE FROM 1919 TO 1932, WHEN HE TRANSFERRED TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. HE WAS A SENIOR STAFF SARGEANT, ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE AT LETHBRIDGE FROM MAY 1944 TO NOV. 1950. HE RETIRED IN 1950, THEN BECAME DIRECTOR OF CORRECTIONS FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. FOLLOWING RETIREMENT, EDWARD BECAME A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE VETERAN'S ASSOCIATION IN EDMONTON IN 1950/51, AND REMAINED A MEMBER UNTIL HIS PASSING; HE ALSO SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THIS ASSOCIATION. SEE P20020090001-GA FOR COMPLETE BIOGRAPHY OF EDWARD BUCHANAN.
Catalogue Number
P19990088005
Acquisition Date
2000-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.C.M.P. TUNIC
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL SERGE, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970073001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P. TUNIC
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
WOOL SERGE, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
76.6
Width
44.2
Description
RED SERGE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE TUNIC. NAVY BLUE SHOULDER AND COLLAR TABS; MISSING COLLAR BADGES AND SHOULDER TITLES. FOUR BRASS BUTTONS UP FRONT CLOSURE; TWO BREAST POCKETS ALSO BUTTONED. BLUE RIBBON BAR ABOVE LEFT BREAST POCKET, WITH TWO VERTICAL YELLOW STRIPES. CORPORAL CHEVRON ON RIGHT SLEEVES (TWO STRIPES); FIVE SERVICE STARS ARRANGED IN TRIANGULAR FORMATION ON LEFT. INTERIOR LINED AT YOKE WITH PALE PINK GLAZED COTTON; SLEEVES LINED IN WHITE. TWO BRASS BUTTONS AT EACH CUFF. BRASS COLLARS AND TITLES ADDED AT A LATER DATE. THEY ARE NOT A PART OF THE ARTIFACT, BUT SUPPLEMENTAL ADDITIONS DESIGNED TO MAKE THE ARTIFACT MORE COMPLETE. THESE ADDITIONS ARE NOT ARTIFACTS IN THE COLLECTION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO E.D. WHITE, REG. #21698; FEB. 21, 1941. DONATED BY HIM TO LEGION, THEN TO MUSEUM BY LEGION. HISTORY OF SERVICE UNKNOWN; SEE P19970073002-8-GA FOR RELATED PIECES. LEGION COLLECTION BEGAN AFTER WORLD WAR TWO AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO VETERANS THROWING THEIR UNIFORMS AWAY. PIECES WERE USED FOR FACILITY DISPLAYS. RESERVE COLLECTION GREW SUBSTANTIALLY UNTIL DECISION WAS MADE TO DONATE TO GALT. SEE HARDCOPY FILE FOR INFORMATION ON GENERATION OF LEGION BRANCH NO. 4 EXHIBIT GENERATED IN 1999. ADDITIONAL BRASS COLLARS AND TITLES ARE NOT A PART OF THE ARTIFACT, AND DO NOT SHARE THE SAME HISTORY AS THIS DONATION. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING ITEMS, INCLUDING SEVERAL ITEMS DONATED BY THE LEGION. EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE RCMP HISTORY SECTION GAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: THE SERIAL NUMBER 21698 DOES NOT BELONG TO E.D. WHITE. IT BELONGED TO AN RCMP OFFICER WHO SERVED BETWEEN 1961-1997. NO RCMP MEMBER WITH THE LAST NAME "WHITE" AND INITIALS "E.D." WERE FOUND WITHIN THE RCMP RECORDS. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE.
Catalogue Number
P19970073001
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
R.C.M.P. TUNIC
Date Range From
1944
Date Range To
1952
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, POLYESTER, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20020021001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P. TUNIC
Date Range From
1944
Date Range To
1952
Materials
WOOL, POLYESTER, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
80.5
Description
NAVY BLUE SERGE. HAS TWO FLAPPED PATCH POCKETS ON WAIST WITH BRASS BUTTONS THAT HAVE R.C.M.P. LOGO ON THEM. ALSO HAS TWO FLAPPED PATCH POCKETS ON BREAST WITH BOX PLEATS, AND SAME BUTTONS AS ABOVE. FRONT OF JACKET HAS 5 BRASS BUTTONS DOWN IT, AS WELL AS TWO BUTTONS ON SHOULDERS. JACKET ALSO INCLUDES COLLAR BADGES (SAME LOGO AS BUTTONS) AND BRASS "RCMP" SHOULDER TITLES. THERE IS A BLUE BAR WITH TWO YELLOW STRIPES ABOVE LEFT BREAST POCKET. RIGHT ARM HAS A CHEVRON WITH A RED BACKGROUND AND 4 GOLD STRIPES (V-SHAPED). LEFT ARM HAS 6 GOLD STARS ON RED BACKGROUNDS AND A PATCH OF TWO CROSSED REVOLVERS (GOLD ON BLACK). INSIDE OF JACKET IS PARTIALLY LINED WITH BLACK MATERIAL, AND SLEEVES ARE LINED IN WHITE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ITEMS BELONGED TO THE DONOR'S FATHER, EDWARD BUCHANAN. EDWARD WAS A MEMBER OF THE ALBERTA PROVINCIAL POLICE FROM 1919 UNTIL 1932, WHEN HE TRANSFERRED TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. HE WAS A SENIOR STAFF SARGEANT, ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE AT LETHBRIDGE FROM MAY 1944 TO NOV. 1950. HE RETIRED IN 1950, THEN BECAME DIRECTOR OF CORRECTIONS FOR THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. FOLLOWING RETIREMENT, EDWARD BECAME A MEMBER OF THE RCMP VETERAN'S ASSOCATION IN EDMONTON IN 1950/51, AND REMAINED A MEMBER UNTIL HIS PASSING; HE ALSO SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THIS ASSOCIATION. SEE P20020090001-GA FOR COMPLETE BIOGRAPHY OF EDWARD BUCHANAN. *UPDATE* AN INTERVIEW WAS CONDUCTED BY GALT’S COLLECTION TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON JUNE 8, 2018 WITH THE DONOR JEAN I. BUCHANAN IN REGARDS TO A NEW ARTIFACT OFFER SHE WAS MAKING TO THE MUSEUM (P20180014001-2). THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION REGARDING THE CAREER OF SENIOR STAFF SERGEANT EDWARD ETTERSHANK “BUCK” BUCHANAN – THE DONOR’S FATHER – HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW. IN THE INTERVIEW, BUCHANAN REFERS TO THIS TUNIC AS SHE SAID, “[THE RANK OF] SENIOR STAFF SERGEANT WAS THE ONLY ONE FROM A PROVINCE THAT GOT THAT NAVY TUNIC, BECAUSE THERE WAS NOT THAT MANY STAFF SERGEANTS IN EACH PROVINCE.” BUCHANAN EXPLAINED THAT HER FATHER WOULD HAVE ONLY WORN THE NAVY TUNIC ON SPECIAL OCCASIONS. “IT WAS FOR DRESS... [MY FATHER] WAS ALWAYS HANDSOME AND HE LOOKED EVEN BETTER IN THAT,” SHE RECALLED, “BUT HE WOULDN’T WANT TO WEAR THAT EVERY DAY ANY MORE THAN YOUR RED SERGE. THAT’S WHERE THE ‘BROWNS’ WERE; THAT WAS YOUR WORKING STUFF. [IT] ISN’T LIKE THE MOVIES WHERE THEY PUT THEM IN RED SERGE UP IN THE NORTH. THAT’S CRAZY.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P20180014001 FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND THE OBITUARY COPY.
Catalogue Number
P20020021001
Acquisition Date
2002-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BUFFALO FUR COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BUFFALO FUR, CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P20080002002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BUFFALO FUR COAT
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1960
Materials
BUFFALO FUR, CLOTH
No. Pieces
1
Length
139.7
Width
64.8
Description
BUFFALO FUR COAT, WOODEN BLACK PEG BUTTONS ALONG LENGTH OF COAT, TWO OUTER WAIST POCKETS AND INNER CHEST POCKET. LABEL ABOVE INNER CHEST POCKET READS, "H. D. MERRICK." FUR IS MATTED, LINING IS WORN AND EXPOSED LEATHER PARTS ARE CRACKING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR'S FATHER, FRANCIS ALLAN KORTH, RECEIVED FUR COAT WHEN DONOR'S GRANDFATHER AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE OFFICER FRANCIS (FRANK) RAYMOND KORTH, PASSED AWAY NOVEMBER 27, 1998. BETWEEN 2008 AND 2009, RET. LETHBRIDGE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT GLEN MICHELSON STATED THAT THE FUR COATS WERE “A MUST WALKING THE BEATS ON COLD WINTER NIGHTS” FOR BEAT CONSTABLES. HE BELIEVED THAT THEY WERE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE SOMETIME “AROUND 1956” AND REPLACED WITH “GREAT COATS AND PEA JACKETS”. MANY FUNNY RET. OFFICER STORIES EXIST AND MICHELSON ADDED THAT “AROUND 1948, GRANT YOUNG CONSTABLE WAS STANDING STILL AT THE CORNER OF 4TH AVENUE AND 6TH STREET AND A DOG USED HIM AS A FIRE HYDRANT.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE P20080002001 AND PERMANENT RECORD. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BUFFALO COAT DONATED BY KELLY KORTH. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. FRANCIS “FRANK” RAYMOND KORTH PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 27, 1988 AT THE AGE OF 74. HE WAS BORN ON MAY 30, 1924 IN WOODHOUSE, AB. HE WAS MARRIED TO EVYON DOROTHY ROBINSON ON JUNE 18, 1947 AND JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE ON AUGUST 12, 1950. HE RETIRED FROM THE POLICE ON AUGUST 27, 1981 AS A DETECTIVE SERGEANT. SEVERAL ARTICLES ABOUT BUFFALO COATS APPEARED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD OVER THE YEARS. ON JANUARY 22, 1954 AN ARTICLE DISCUSSED THE POSSIBILITY OF THE RCMP SWITCHING FROM BUFFALO COATS TO NYLON PARKAS: “BELIEVED TO BE MUCH MORE PRACTICAL AND COMFORTABLE THAN THE MORE COLORFUL BUFFALO HID, THE PARKA HAS ZIPPERS INSTEAD OF BUTTONS AND WEIGHTS ONLY ABOUT ONE-THIRD AS MUCH AS THE BUFFALO COAT.” ANOTHER ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 11, 1956 GIVES MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE COATS: “IN SPITE OF ITS AWE-INSPIRING APPEARANCE, THE BUFFALO COAT HAS ITS DISADVANTAGES. ITS 24 POUNDS HANG HEAVILY ON ITS WEARER’S SHOULDERS. ITS WEIGHT AND BULKINESS ARE A DISTINCT HANDICAP IN A FOOT-RACE DOWN A BACK LANE. AND IN ADDITION TO RESPECTFUL GLANCES THE COAT COLLECTIONS LARGE QUANTITIES OF DIRT AND GRIT. SO THE [WINNIPEG] POLICE DEPARTMENT IS EXPERIMENTING, AS IS ITS COUNTERPART IN EDMONTON, WITH NEW TYPES OF COATS EQUALLY WARM BUT LESS AWKWARD.” *UPDATE*: ON NOVEMBER 24TH, 2016, UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE GRAD STUDENT JOSH READ, FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, INTERVIEWED RETIRED LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE (FORCE) MEMBER MARCEL ST. ONGE ON ACCOUNT OF HIS INTEREST IN THE FORCE’S PAST USE OF FUR CLOTHING IN POLICE PATROLS. ON DECEMBER 2ND, 2016, READ JOINTLY INTERVIEWED RETIREES BILL PLOMP AND GLEN MICHELSON ON THE SAME SUBJECT. TO READ COPIES OF THESE TWO INTERVIEWS, PLEASE SEE THIS DONATION'S PERMANENT FILE. SEE ALSO PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20080002002
Acquisition Date
2008-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
R.C.M.P. PEA JACKET
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19860112001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
R.C.M.P. PEA JACKET
Date Range From
1945
Date Range To
1955
Materials
WOOL, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
90.5
Description
NAVY BLUE WOOL DOUBLE BREASTED JACKET WITH 10 BRASS BUTTONS WITH "R.N.W.M.P." MARKINGS, 6 BRASS BUTTONS FOR EPAULETS & SLEEVES MARKED "R.C.M.P." 2 SIDE & BREAST POCKETS WITH FLAPS. STAFF SARGEANT CHEVRONS, ON RT. FOREARM. RED LINING
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
LABEL INSIDE: "THE WORKMAN UNIFORM COMPANY LIMITED MONTREAL CANADA" & VARIOUS NUMBERS. DONOR BORN IN WINNIPEG, 1907, MOVED TO VANCOUVER 1919, JOINED THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IN 1932 IN VANCOUVER WHERE HE RECEIVED HIS TRAINING. HE ACHIEVED THE RANK OF STAFF SARGAENT, RETIRING IN 1960 IN VANCOUVER. HE SERVED IN ALBERTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, SASKATCHEWAN, & THE YUKON DURING THE WAR YEARS (DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ALASKA-CANADA HIGHWAY). HE TRAVELLED BY EVERY METHOD POSSIBLE INCLUDING AIRPLANE, DOGTEAM, HORSEBACK, CAR, BOAT & TRAIN DURING HIS PATROLS. THE FORCE WAS IDENTIFIED AS THE ROYAL NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE BETWEEN 1904 & 1920. ALTHOUGH THE DONOR JOINED AFTER THIS ERA, HIS UNIFORM REFLECTS THE CONTINUED USE OF UNIFORM ACCOUTREMENTS WITH "R. NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE" MARKING UNTIL STOCK OF THESE ITEMS (BUTTONS, BADGES) WAS USED UP. PEA JACKETS WERE WORN AS WINTER DRESS. SOURCE: UNIFORMS OF THE CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE, JAMES J. BOULTON & DONOR BIO PROVIDED APRIL 25 1991. DONOR SERVED ONE YEAR WITH THE PROBATIONARY BRANCH IN LETHBRIDGE. MARRIED NOVEMBER 11TH TO GRACE WHO HAD FOUR CHILDREN. JOHN (SEATTLE), ROSEMARY, PENELOPE (LETHBRIDGE). SERVED IN OTTAWA'S MOUNTED SECTION AND ALSO PERFORMED IN THE MUSICAL RIDE FOR THREE YEARS. IN TORONTO HE POLICED LABOUR TROUBLE. DURING WORLD WAR TWO HE WAS POSTED TO BRANDON THEN WINNIPEG, TORONTO, EDMONTON AND LETHBRIDGE. HE WAS DISCHARGED WITH 29 YEARS OF SERVICE, RETIRING AS STAFF SERGEANT. AFTER HIS DISCHARGE, HE WORKED IN THE ATTOURNEY GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT AS A LETHBRIDGE PAROLE OFFICER. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING THE GAUNTLETS DONATED BY BERY ALLAN. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BERESFORD ‘BERY’ ALLAN WAS BORN NOVEMBER 7, 1907 IN WINNIPEG. RAISED BY HIS GRANDPARENTS, HE SPENT MOST OF HIS YOUTH IN VANCOUVER. HE JOINED THE R.C.M.P. IN 1932 AND WAS POSTED THROUGHOUT CANADA, INCLUDING BRITISH COLUMBIA, ALBERTA, MANITOBA, ONTARIO, AND THE NORTH WEST TERRITORIES. IN NOVEMBER 1937, BERY WAS PART OF THE MUSICAL RIDE AND PERFORMED IN MADISON SQUARE GARDENS IN NYC. HE ALSO SERVED ON THE ESCORT DETAIL FOR KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH WHEN THEY VISITED BANFF. BERY MARRIED HIS TRUE LOVE, GRACE HELENA, BEFORE MOVING TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1944. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING HIS RETIREMENT IN 1959, AT THE RANK OF STAFF SERGEANT, BERY TOOK OVER AS THE CIVIL DEFENCE TRAINING OFFICER IN LETHBRIDGE. HE ALSO SPENT APPROXIMATELY 15 YEARS WITH THE FAMILY COURT DIVISION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT. BERY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93 ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2001. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARD COPIES OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS INTERN KIRSTAN SCHAMUHN CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF PERSONAL ARTIFACTS. ON 19 NOVEMBER 2018, SCHAMUHN INTERVIEWED ROSEMARY ALLAN REGARDING HER FATHER’S, BERESFORD “BERY” ALLAN’S, DONATION. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: OF THIS ARTIFACT, ROSEMARY ALLAN EXPLAINED, “HE WORE THAT…THE RED SERGE AND THE PEA JACKET SORT OF WENT TOGETHER…BUT IT WAS A SPECIAL OCCASION THAT THE RED SERGE CAME OUT AND THE PEA JACKET ONLY WENT WITH THE RED SERGE. THE EVERYDAY, WORKING BROWN I DON’T THINK HE WORE THE PEA JACKET WITH THEM.” “I CAN REMEMBER HIM WEARING THEM FROM TIME TO TIME BECAUSE HE WOULD HAVE TO PREPARE TO WEAR THEM. LIKE HE WOULD HAVE TO POLISH THE BRASS BUTTONS, AND HE HAD A CERTAIN KIND OF RED ROUGE THAT HE USED TO POLISH THEM, AND SPECIAL LITTLE METAL THINGS TO PUT UNDERNEATH THE BUTTONS SO THAT THE CLOTH DIDN’T GET SMEARED WITH THE RED ROUGE. IT WAS QUITE A PRODUCTION TO GET THE RED SERGE CLEANED UP, AND EVERYTHING WAS VERY POLISHED.” “THE RED SERGE WOULD COME OUT FROM TIME TO TIME FOR THINGS LIKE PARADES, OR PEOPLE VISITING FOR CERTAIN REASONS. BUT IT DID COME OUT FROM TIME TO TIME.” “THE BREECHES WITH THE YELLOW STRIPE WENT WITH THE RED SERGE, AND THAT ALL WENT WITH THE BOOTS.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE BOOTS AND GAUNTLETS BEING PART OF HER FATHER’S SPECIAL OCCASIONS UNIFORM, ROSEMARY ALLAN RECALLED, “YES, THEY WERE.” ON HER FATHER’S CAREER WITH THE R.C.M.P., ROSEMARY ALLAN REMEMBERED “HIS TRAINING HE RECEIVED IN SASKATCHEWAN. I DON’T KNOW WHEN THAT WAS, HE GOT TO LETHBRIDGE AFTER HIS TOUR OF DUTY IN THE YUKON. HE WAS THE ONLY CROWN REPRESENTATIVE IN THE NORTH.” “I DON’T KNOW WHEN THE ALASKA HIGHWAY WAS [BUILT], BUT AFTER IT OPENED HE WAS THERE, MAYBE FOR ANOTHER YEAR, A YEAR AND A HALF OR SO, AND [THEN] HE WAS MOVED AND RELOCATED BY THE R.C.M.P TO LETHBRIDGE.” “HE WAS NEVER MOVED AFTER BECOMING THE STAFF SERGEANT OF THE R.C.M.P. DETACHMENT IN LETHBRIDGE, HE WAS ALWAYS THERE.” “[AFTER LEAVING THE R.C.M.P.] HE WORKED FOR CIVIL DEFENSE FOR A YEAR, AND AFTER CIVIL DEFENSE HE WAS HIRED TO BECOME A PROBATION OFFICER TO WORK WITH THE YOUNG, THE YOUTH OFFENDERS.” PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19860112001 FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF ARTICLES REGARDING THE FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19860112001
Acquisition Date
1986-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BALE OR HAY HOOK
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, WOOD, IRON
Catalogue Number
P20150010009
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BALE OR HAY HOOK
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
METAL, WOOD, IRON
No. Pieces
1
Height
11.0
Length
24.5
Width
12..7
Description
HAY CROOK OR BALE HOOK. METAL AND WOODEN HANDLE, WITH CAST IRON HOOK. MAIN PORTION OF THE HANDLE IS WOODEN, WITH A MEDIUM AND LIGHT GREY PAINTED FINISH. WHERE THE HANDLE ATTACHES TO THE HOOK IS SILVER COLOURED METAL, WITH A MEDIUM LIGHT BLUE PAINTED FINISH. THE HOOK ITSELF IS CAST IRON, WITH A RED PAINTED FINISH. OVERALL IN FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION. STRUCTURALLY THE HOOK IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, BUT THE PAINTED SURFACES ARE ALL VERY WORN. THE WOODEN HANDLE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN FINISHED IN A LIGHT GREY FIRST, WITH A LATER ADDITION OF MEDIUM GREY PAINT. BOTH OF THE GREY FINISHS ARE VERY SCUFFED AND SCRATCHED AND THERE IS A LOT OF EXPOSED WOOD. THE MEDIUM BLUE FINISH OF THE METAL PORTION OF THE HANDLE HAS FLAKED OFF IN SEVERAL AREAS. SEVERAL MORE AREAS OF THE FINISH ARE LOOSE. THE RED FINISH ON THE CAST IRON IS VERY WORN, REVEILING BOTH UNFINISHED METAL AND A LIGHT BLUE PAINT.
Subjects
AGRICULTURAL T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS HAY CROOK OR BALE HOOK WAS USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN THE SUMMER OF 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING: CLIFF “CHARLIE” BROWN (HIRED IN 1966, RETIRED 2004), TREVOR LAZENBY (HIRED IN 1994), RAYMOND “RAY” PETIT (HIRED 1965, RETIRED 1998), AND LAWRENCE DZUREN (HIRED 1959, RETIRED 1992). ALL FOUR MEN AGREE THAT THE HOOK WAS USED TO HELP FIGHT HAYSTACK FIRES ON LOCAL FARMS. BROWN EXPLAINS THE DIFFICULTY OF DEALING WITH A HAYSTACK FIRE AND WHY THE HOOK WAS SO USEFUL: “WITH A HAYSTACK FIRE, ONCE IT STARTS ON FIRE, THE WHOLE STACK IS WRECKED, EVEN THOUGH IT DOESN’T BURN, BECAUSE THE SMOKE GOES THROUGH IT, THE HAY IS CONTAMINATED AND THE ANIMALS AREN’T GOING TO EAT IT, SO YOU PRETTY WELL HAVE TO KNOCK IT DOWN ANYWAY. AS SOON AS YOU PUT WATER ON IT, IT WILL SMOLDER, AND SMOLDER, AND SMOLDER. PROBABLY ONE OF THE HARDEST FIRES TO PUT OUT IS A HAYSTACK FIRE, BECAUSE YOU CAN’T GET THE WATER TO IT. … YOU PUT YOUR WATER, YOU SOAK ON TOP OF THE BALES AND IT JUST WON’T SOAK IN, SO YOU HAVE TO TAKE EVERY BALE APART, BREAK EVERY PIECE APART, EVERY LITTLE BALE, BREAK IT DOWN, HOSE IT DOWN, NEXT BALE, BREAK IT APART, HOSE IT DOWN, AND CONTINUE.” LAZENBY RECALLED SEEING THE HAY CROOK ON THE TRUCK WHEN HE FIRST STARTED AND EXPLAINED: “I’M NOT A FARM KID AND I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT IT WAS.” HE ASKED WHAT IT WAS, RECEIVING THE REPLY: “’WELL, IT’S A BALE HOOK’ AND I SAID, ‘SO I’M NOT TRYING TO BE A SMART ALECK HERE, BUT WHY DO WE HAVE BALE HOOKS ON THE ENGINE?’ THEY SAID, ‘WELL, IN CASE WE GO TO A HAY BALE FIRE.’ YOU KNOW, ASK A SIMPLE QUESTION, YOU GET A SIMPLE ANSWER, RIGHT? … I NEVER SAW ONE USED AND … THIS IS ONE OF THOSE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT THAT GOT PHASED OUT SHORTLY AFTER THE BEGINNING OF MY CAREER. … THIS WAS ONE OF THOSE PIECES THAT WE FOUND THAT WE JUST DIDN’T HAVE A USE FOR. YOU CAN MOVE HAY BALES WITH OTHER MEANS THAN TO HAVE A SET OF BALE HOOKS ON THE TRUCKS, SO THEY WENT AWAY.” PETIT RECALLED USING THE HOOK AND ADDED: “IT WAS USUALLY ON THE PUMP WHEN THEY RESPONDED TO GRASS FIRES … SOMETIMES WE’D TAKE THAT, NOT USUALLY TO FIGHT THE FIRE, BUT WHEN YOU HAD TO KNOCK [THE BALES] DOWN, YOU HAD TO DRAG THE BALES OUT OF THE WAY. OTHERWISE THEY WOULD START THE FIRE ALL OVER AGAIN. IT WASN’T USED THAT MUCH BUT WE DID GO TO QUITE A FEW FIRES, YOU KNOW, STACKS OF BALES.” DZUREN AGREED: “WELL, IT’S THE BAILING HOOK. AND THAT’S JUST TO MOVE ANY, WHETHER IT’S A BALE OF STRAW OR ANY OTHER ITEM THAT HAD TO BE MOVED AWAY FROM THE FIRE, OR JUST, YOU KNOW, SEGREGATED FROM WHAT WAS ALREADY BURNING.” HE RECALLED THAT IT WAS IN USE WHEN HE STARTED IN 1959 AND ADDED “IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ON ONE OF THE VEHICLES … PARTICULARLY … COUNTY VEHICLES THAT WOULD RESPOND OUT TO THE COUNTY, TO THE FARM FIRE.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010009
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, COTTON, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19950037018
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
STEEL, COTTON, PAPER
No. Pieces
55
Description
1. CASE: 20CM X 12.5CM X 6.4CM RECTANGULAR STEEL CASE WITH ROUGH ETCHED PATTERN ON SURFACE WHICH IS PAINTED BLACK. CASE HAS HINGED LID WITH TWO STEEL LOCK LOOP LATCHES RIVETED TO FRONT. FRONT OF BOTTOM HAS HINGED STEEL HANDLE. EMBOSSED ON LID IN GOLD IS "FIRST AID KIT" AND GOLD SEAL WITH CROSS AT CENTER AROUND OUTSIDE READS "MINE SAFETY APPLIANCES CO. OF CANADA LTD.". TWO STEEL BRACKETS WITH KEY-HOLE OPENINGS ARE MOUNTED AT BACK CORNERS OF CASE FOR HANGING KIT ON WALL. OUTSIDE OF CASE HAS A FEW WHITE PAINT SPLATTERS. EACH CLASP HAS "USA EXCELSIOR STANFORD CONN." STAMPED ON IT. GLUED ON INSIDE OF LID IS WHITE PAPER SHEET WITH LIST OF CONTENTS AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE. ACROSS TOP IS "M-S-A FIRST AID KIT (REG. U.S. AND CAN. PAT. OFFICES)" AND "10 UNIT TYPED". 2. ADHESIVE PLASTER: 10.2CM X 5.8CM X 1.8CM BROWN CARDBOARD BOX WITH FLAP OPENING ALONG TOP EDGE. AT LEFT OF FLAP IS MINE SAFETY APPLIANCES LOGO WHICH IS SAME AS ON LID OF CASE. FLAP READS "ADHESIVE PLASTER (1/2 INCH X 2 1/2 YARDS) 2 PER PACKAGE" AND IN BOTTOM RIGHT IS "CAT. NO. FA-2755". HAS IDENTICAL ON BOTTOM. INSIDE BOX ARE TWO ROLES OF WHITE ADHESIVE TAPE WITH ALUMINUM TUBING. TAPE IS YELLOWED AND DRY AND BOTH HAVE BEEN USED PREVIOUSLY. ON END OF BOX IS BLACK BORDERED AREA WHICH READS "DISTRIBUTED BY MINE SAFETY APPLIANCES CO. BRADDOCK, THOMAS AND MEADE STS, PITTSBURGH, PA." AND "MADE IN U.S.A". STAMPED AT OPPOSITE END IN BLACK INK IS "4D06". 3. IODINE: CARDBOARD BOX OF IDENTICAL SIZE AND MAKE TO (2.). HAS SAME LOGO ON FLAP AND ADDRESS ON END AS (2.). PRINTED ON FLAP IS "MILD TINCTURE OF IODINE, U.S.P. (ALCOHOL 46% - IODINE 2% W/V) 3 APPLICATOR VIALS (10CC EACH) PER PKG." AND IN BOTTOM RIGHT IS "CAT. NO FA-2904". ON BROAD SIDE OF BOX IS DIAGRAM OF USE AND DIRECTIONS. STAMPED IN BLACK INK ON ONE END IS "6C06". ONE CORNER OF BOX HAS IODINE STAINS. BOX CONTAINS THREE GLASS VIALS 9.7CM X 1.7CM (D) WITH PAPER TUBING COVER. EACH VIAL HAS BLACK PLASTIC CAP WHICH SCREWS ON AND HAS "MSA" RAISED ON TOP. EACH PAPER TUBE HAS FOUR HOLES IN IT AS WELL AS BLACK PRINTED LABEL. LABEL CONTAINS SAME INFORMATION AS BOX FLAP AS WELL AS MANUFACTURE INFORMATION ALSO THE SAME AS ON BOX. AT MIDDLE OF LABEL IS RED AREA WITH WHITE SKULL AND CROSS-BONES WITH "POISON" OVER TOP IT. ONE VIAL HAS IODINE STAINS AT TOP. 4. GAUZE BANDAGES: CARDBOARD BOX IDENTICAL IN SIZE AND SHAPE TO (2.). BOX FLAP HAS MSA LOGO AT LEFT END AND READS "1 IN. X 6 YDS. GAUZE BANDAGES (STERILIZED AFTER PACKAGING) 4 PER PACKAGE" WITH "CAT. NO. FA-2868" IN BOTTOM RIGHT. BOTTOM FLAP IS IDENTICAL TO TOP. ON SIDE OF BOX IS "COMPRESSED GAUZE ROLLER BANDAGES 1 IN. X 6 YDS. 4 PER PACKAGE (STERILIZED AFTER PACKAGING) FOR DRESSING WOUNDS, BURNS AND SPRAINS." ALONG WITH MSA ADRESS. INSIDE ARE FOUR 3.7CM X 2.5CM X 1.6CM BUNDLES OF GAUZE WRAPPED IN WHITE PAPER. EACH HAS PAPER LABEL WITH GREEN TOP AND BOTTOM BORDER. EACH READS "T.M. M-S-A REG." AND GAUZE BANDAGE 1 INCH BY 6 YARDS (STERILIZED AFTER PACKING). AT BOTTOM IS "MINE SAFETY APPLIANCES CO. PITTSBURGH, PA. MADE IN U.S.A.". STAMPED IN BLUE INK ON TOP FLAP OF BOX IS "G077B". 5. TRIANGULAR BANDAGE: 9.8CM X 5.5CM X 2CM BROWN CARDBOARD BOX WITH TOP OPEN FLAP. LEFT END OF FLAP HAS MSA LOGO AND BOTTOM RIGHT HAS "CAT. NO. FA-2144". FLAP READS "40 IN. TRIANGULAR BANDAGE (STERILIZED AFTER PACKAGING) 1 PER PACKAGE". SIDE OF BOX HAS TWO DIAGRAMS DEMONSTRATING BANDAGE USE. END OF BOX HAS MSA ADRESS LIKE THE OTHER BOXES. STAMPED ON TOP FLAP IN BLACK INK IS "O664C". INSIDE BOX IS BANDAGE WRAPPED IN WHITE PAPER. HAS WHITE PAPER LABEL WHICH READS "TRIANGULAR BANDAGE 40 INCH CRAVAT (STERILIZED AFTER PACKAGING)" AND "DIRECTIONS: FOR USE AS A SLING, TO COVER DRESSING OR FOR TYING SPLINTS." AND HAS MSA LOGO, TITLE AND ADDRESS ACROSS BOTTOM. 6. ADHESIVE COMPRESSES (BANDAIDS): CARDBOARD BOX IDENTICAL IN SHAPE AND SIZE TO (2.). LEFT END OF FLAP HAS MSA LOGO AND AT BOTTOM RIGHT IS "CAT. NO. FA-12415". FLAP READS "1 INCH ADHESIVE COMPRESSES 16 PER PACKAGE". STAMPED IN BLACK INK ON FLAP IS "O013C". BOTTOM FLAP IS IDENTICAL BUT WITHOUT INK STAMP. ON SIDE OF BOX ARE FOUR DIAGRAMS WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE. ON BACK OF BOX IS BORDERED AREA WITH "ADHESIVE COMPRESSES 16 PER PACKAGE " AND "EACH PAD MEDICATED WITH 1/730 GRAIN MERTHIOLATE (SODIUM ETHYL MERCURI THIOSALICYLATE, LILLY)". BENEATH THIS IS MSA TITLE AND ADDRESS. INSIDE BOX ARE16 BANDAIDS WITH PAPER WRAPPING. FRONT HAS MSA LOGO AT LEFT END AND "M-S-A ADHESIVE COMPRESS MEDICATED WITH 1/730 GRAIN MERTHIOLATE (SODIUM ETHYL MERCURI THIOSALICYLATE, LILLY)." AND "REMOVE COVERING FROM ADHESIVE. PLACE PAD OVER WOUND." WITH MSA TITLE AND ADDRESS ACROSS BOTTOM. ON BACK IS "IF THIS WRAPPER IS OPENED OR TORN STERILITY CANNOT BE ASSURED.". 7. ADHESIVE COMPRESSES: IDENTICAL TO (6.) EXCEPT FOR CONTENTS. BOX CONTAINS ONLY 12 BANDAIDS AND TWO ARE DIRTY AND WARPED BADLY. 8. BURN OINTMENT: BOX IS IDENTICAL IN SIZE AND SHAPE TO (2.). TOP FLAP HAS MSA LOGO AT LEFT AND AT RIGHT IS "CAT. NO. FA-12505". PRINTED ON FLAP IS "FOILLE FOR BURNS 6 TUBES (1/8 OZ. AVOIR.) PER PKG.". BOTTOM FLAP IS IDENTICAL AND STAMPED ON END OF BOX IN BLACK INK IS "4F06". ON SIDE OF BOX ARE TWO DIAGRAMS DEMONSTRATING USE WITH DIRECTIONS. ON BACK OF BOX IS SAME INFORMATION WITH INGREDIENTS AND WRITTEN DIRECTIONS ALONG WITH MSA TITLE AND ADDRESS. INSIDE BOX IS SMALL STEEL PAIR OF SCISSORS WITH BLUNT ENDS. AS WELL THERE IS CARDBOARD FRAME WHICH FOLDS TO MAKE SLOTS FOR OINTMENT TUBES. THERE ARE THREE GREEN PLASTIC TUBES WITH CONTAINING OINTMENT. EACH TUBE HAS EMBOSSED YELLOW LABEL LISTING CONTENTS AND MSA MANUFACTURING INFORMATION. ONE TUBE IS CRACKED. 9. TOURNIQUET & FORCEPS: 10.1CM X 5.5CM X 3.4CM BROWN CARDBOARD BOX WITH TOP FLAP OPENING. TOP FLAP HAS MSA LOGO AT LEFT END AND AT RIGHT END IS "CAT. NO.FA-2146". PRINTED ON FLAP IS "TOURNIQUET & FORCEPS 1 EACH PER PACKAGE". ONEEND HAS "7F06" STAMPED IN BLACK INK. OPPOSITE END HAS MSA TITEL AND ADRESS.ON FRONT SIDE OF BOX ARE THREE DIAGRAMS OF USE OF TOURNIQUET WITH INSTRUCTIONON BACK SIDE OF BOX IS SKELETAL DIAGRAM WITH MAJOR ARTERIES LABELLED WITH PRESSURE POINTS FOR CONTROLLING ARTERIAL BLEEDING PRINTED AT BOTTOM. INSIDE BOX IS 96CM WHITE COTTON BELT TOURNIQUET WITH GALVANIZED STEEL BUCKLE. WHITE COTTON LABEL IS SEWN TO BELT NEAR BUCKLE WHICH READS "M-S-A TOURNIQUET" ALONG WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE AND MSA TITLE AND ADDRESS. BOX ALSO CONTAINS ONE PAIR OF TWEEZERS WITH POINTED ENDS. SIDES OF EACH ARM HAS RAISED FLUTED GRIP. STAMPED INTO END IS "M.S.A. CO.".
Subjects
MEDICAL & DENTAL T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COAL MINING
History
SEE P19950037001-GA. FIRST AID KIT IS FOR USE IN MINES. POSSIBLY USED IN ONE OF THE LETHBRIDGE MINES. USED BY WILLIAM H. SHORT, THE LAST FIRE CHIEF OF THE OLD NO.1 FIRE HALL IN LETHBRIDGE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BELT DONATED BY SHARON DEREK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK, IS THE NIECE OF AGNES SHORT. AGNES CHRISTINA SHORT WAS BORN ON APRIL 20, 1916 TO WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA SHORT (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SHE GRADUATED FROM LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE AND THEN ATTDNED THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL FOR NURSING TRAINING, WHICH SHE GRADUATED FROM IN 1939. AGNES WAS THE SUPERVISOR AT THE GALT HOSPITAL FROM 1939-1945. SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE NURSING STAFF OF LETHBRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT #51 FROM 1947 UNTIL 1958. SHE WAS ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING AT THE LETHBRIDGE HEALTH UNIT FROM 1964 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT. SHE RETIRED IN 1980 AFTER 42 YEARS OF NURSING. AGNES PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 78 ON OCTOBER 20, 1994. WILLIAM HENRY SHORT WAS AGNES’S FATHER. HE WAS BORN IN LONDON, ENGLAND IN 1889 AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1909. HE INITIALLY WORKED FOR THE CITY WATERWORKS DEPARTMENT IN LETHBRIDGE FOR TWO YEARS, BEFORE SPENDING 51 YEARS IN SERVICE OF THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE OVERSAW THE INTRODUCTION OF MOTORIZED FIRE ENGINES, SWITCHING FROM HORSE POWERED WAGONS, IN 1913. HE ALSO SAW THE DEPARTMENT GROW IN SIZE FROM ONLY 13 TO 49 MEN. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON NOVEMBER 18, 1974. WILLIAM’S WIFE BERTHA L. SHORT PASSED AWAY ON JULY 28, 1989. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE ABOUT AGNES’S LIFE, THE SHORT FAMILY LIVED IN NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL, WHERE WILLIAM WAS FIRE CHIEF. WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA ALSO HAD ANOTHER CHILD, WILLIAM D. SHORT. HE WAS BORN ON AUGUST 16, 1916 AND PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 5, 1990. HE WAS MARRIED TO MYRTLE (NEE NELSON) SHORT AND THEIR CHILDREN INCLUDE THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY SHARON DERRICK. ON 1 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED DERRICK REGARDING HER DONATION. THE INFORMATION BELOW HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM THAT INTERVIEW: A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED WERE CONNECTED TO THE DONOR’S GRANDFATHER, WILLIAM H. SHORT AND HIS CAREER AS FIRE CHIEF IN THE NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL IN LETHBRIDGE. “YOU SEE, DURING THE YEARS THAT HE WAS THE FIRE CHIEF,” DERRICK BEGAN, “THEIR QUARTERS ACTUALLY WERE IN THE BACK OF THE FIRE HALL. SO STUFF KIND OF GOT ACCUMULATED THERE. THE WHOLE FAMILY [LIVED IN THE FIRE HALL]. WHEN I WAS LITTLE, I WAS THERE ALL THE TIME. MY FATHER [WILLIAM D. SHORT] WAS A CAPTAIN IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, BUT MY GRANDFATHER WAS THE FIRE CHIEF.” WHEN ASKED IF SHE HAD ANY MEMORY OF SEEING HER GRANDFATHER WEARING ANY OF THE ARTIFACTS, SUCH AS THE HELMET (P19950037014) OR THE FIRE PANTS (P19950037008), DERRICK RECALLED, “YES, BECAUSE LETHBRIDGE WAS SMALL AT THE TIME AND WHEN WE LIVED IN THE FIRE HALL AND THE BELLS WENT OFF, WE WOULD OFTEN WALK OVER TO HAVE A LOOK AT THE FIRE. I WOULD SEE MY GRANDFATHER OUT THERE, AND I’D SEE MY FATHER WHEN HE WAS ON SHIFT. THERE WERE SOME HUGE FIRES RIGHT DOWNTOWN. I CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT DATES – PROBABLY BACK IN THE LATE ‘40’S, EARLY ‘50’S. [IN ONE INSTANCE], MY DAD WAS ALSO ON THE BACK OF A FIRE TRUCK, SPEEDING TO A FIRE, AND ANOTHER TRUCK CAME ALONG AND HIT HIM IN THE BACK. HE SUFFERED VERY SEVERE INJURIES FROM THAT. AND I SAW THAT TOO. I WAS JUST ON MY WAY BACK TO SCHOOL.” “WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I WAS ALWAYS IN AND OUT [OF THE FIRE HALL],” DERRICK WENT ON, “THERE WAS A BELL TOWER THERE, WHERE THEY HUNG THE WET HOSES UP TO DRY. THERE WERE RICKETY OLD WOODEN STAIRS GOING ROUND AND ROUND ALL THE WAY UP TO THE TOP OF THE FIRE HALL TO WHERE THE BELL USED TO BE. I USED TO GO UP AND DOWN THOSE STAIRS, AND HOP AND PLAY. AND IN THE BASEMENT THERE WAS PRISON CELLS, BECAUSE IT USED [TO BE] THE POLICE STATION MANY, MANY YEARS BEFORE. IT WAS A COMBINATION OF FIRE AND POLICE. AND, THERE WAS A BIG FURNACE DOWN THERE. I USED TO GO DOWN AND WATCH THE FIREMEN PUSH COAL INTO THE FURNACE TO KEEP IT GOING. IT WAS AN INTERESTING PLACE TO BE AROUND.” “MY GRANDFATHER WAS ON THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF FIRE CHIEFS,” DERRICK CONTINUED, “HE WAS VICE-PRESIDENT IN NEW YORK. THEY HAD ASKED HIM TO COME UP AND TAKE THE PRESIDENCY, BUT AFTER MUCH CONSIDERATION, HE DECIDED HE DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE THE FAMILY FOR THE TWO YEAR TERM IN NEW YORK, SO HE TURNED THAT ONE DOWN. THOUGH HE DID REMAIN ON THE BOARD FOR MANY YEARS.” AN ARTICLE IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2000 READS, “WILLIAM SHORT RETIRED AS LETHBRIDGE FIRE CHIEF IN 1962, ENDING A CAREER AS CHIEF WHICH BEGAN IN JANUARY 1945.” A HERALD ARTICLE FROM 1974 ADDITIONALLY STATES THAT SHORT “JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN 1911. HE WAS PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT IN 1919 AND CAPTAIN IN 1922.” AN ADDITIONAL ARTICLE TITLED, “LETHBRIDGE WELL PROTECTED BY MODERN FIRE DEPARTMENT,” PUBLISHED IN 1967 IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD READS, “[IN 1910] THE FIRST FIREHALL THAT [WAS] LOCATED AT 4TH STREET AND 2ND AVENUE SOUTH WAS TORN DOWN. IT WAS A TWO-STOREY BUILDING. A THREE-STOREY FIREHALL WAS BUILT IN ITS PLACE ON THE SAME SITE. THAT EARLY BUILDING HOUSED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT, SERVED AS CITY HALL AND THE POLICE STATION…” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE REASON FOR THE DONATION OF HER FAMILY’S ARTIFACTS DURING THE 2018 INTERVIEW, DERRICK EXPLAINED, “I WAS THE EXECUTOR FOR MY AUNT’S WILL AND WHEN SHE PASSED AWAY SHE [WAS LIVING IN] MY GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER’S HOME. ALL THIS STUFF HAD BEEN LEFT IN THE HOUSE, SO WHEN WE WERE CLEANING IT OUT FOLLOWING HER DEATH, WE CAME ACROSS ALL THESE THINGS. WHILE I KEPT SOME AS MEMENTOS, MY SISTER AND I [DECIDED TO DONATE OTHER ITEMS TO THE MUSEUM].” PLEASE PERMANENT FILE P19950037001, FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF ARTICLES REGARDING THE FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19950037018
Acquisition Date
1995-05
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
P19870056000-GA
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS, PAPER, CARDBOARD
Catalogue Number
P19880017010
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
P19870056000-GA
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
GLASS, PAPER, CARDBOARD
No. Pieces
2
Height
7.0
Width
3.5
Description
BOTTLE IN BOX "ONE FLUID OUNCE CODRENIN. A LOCAL ANESTHETIC AND HEMOSTATIC", " 2% SOLUTION OF COCAINE WITH ADRENALINE". WHITE BOX WITH RED TEXT ABOUT ALL SIDES AMBER COLOURED SQUARED GLASS BOTTLE CONTAINED IN BOX.
Subjects
MEDICAL & DENTAL T&E
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
PARKE, DAVIS & CO. LTD. WALKERVILLE, ONT. DONOR OWNED AND OPERATED STOKES DRUG STORE. DONOR'S FATHER ERNEST BALL STOKES BOUGHT KENNY & ALLIN DRUGSTORE (314 - 5 ST. S.) IN 1918. DONOR TOOK OVER BUSINESS IN 1939 AND OPERATED IT CONTINUOUSLY UNTIL 1980. DONOR ALSO OWNED A SECOND STORE, ROYAL DRUG FROM 1952 TO 1960 AT 617-4 AVE. SO. REF. "LETHBRIDGE DRUGGISTS AND DRUG STORES 1885-1988" OCCASIONAL PAPER NO., 1 LETHBRIDGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. NARRATIVE BELOW SOLICITED FROM SOCIOLOGY PROFESSOR BILL RAMP IN EARLY 2010 WHEN THIS ARTIFACT WAS EXHIBITED AS PART OF THE GALT’S TREASURES & CURIOSITIES DISPLAY. THE NARRATIVE BECAME THE BASIS FOR THE ARTIFACT’S LABEL COPY IN THE EXHIBIT. *** THIS BOTTLE CAUGHT MY EYE BECAUSE OF THE “WAR ON DRUGS” – DRUGS OF THE ILLEGAL KIND. ONE OF THE SIDE-EFFECTS OF THIS WAR, AND ALSO OF CONSUMER MOVEMENTS FOR FOOD SAFETY AND DRUG SAFETY (ESPECIALLY AFTER THE THALOMIDE SCARE OF THE 1960’S), WAS A GENERAL TIGHTENING UP ON THE INGREDIENTS OF PATENT MEDICINE (WHAT WE NOW CALL OTC’S), AND A CORRESPONDING CHANGE IN THE WAYS IN WHICH WE SELF-MEDICATE. TODAY, WE DO STILL SELF-MEDICATE WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF LEGAL OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS, BUT THESE ARE GENERALLY FOR SPECIFIC CONDITIONS (E.G. “COUGH AND COLD”), AND TODAY, THOSE CONDITIONS DO NOT NORMALLY INCLUDE PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES. MOOD-ALTERING SELF-MEDICATION HAS MOVED TO PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, OR TO ALCOHOL PRODUCTS, OR TO “ILLEGAL DRUGS” IN WHICH, AS WE KNOW, THERE IS A THRIVING TRADE. AS WITH THE PATENT MEDICINES OF OLD, DOCTORS (OR MORE ACCURATELY, DOCTOR-IMAGES) ARE STILL USED TO SELL OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS. BUT THE STATUS OF THE MEDICINAL PRACTITIONER, AND THE SOCIAL AUTHORITY OF THE MEDICINAL PROFESSION, HAS BECOME HIGHER AND MORE TIGHTLY POLICED, WITH THE EFFECT THAT WE ARE NOW, I BELIEVE, MORE CONDITIONED TO SEEK MEDICAL HELP THAN TO TRUST WORD-OF-MOUTH OR ADVERTISING ABOUT A PARTICULAR REMEDY (UNLESS, THAT IS, WE ARE SKEPTICAL ABOUT “MODERN MEDICINE” AND INCLINED TO PREFER HERBAL REMEDIES!). UNTIL AS LATE AS THE 1950’S, THERE WAS A THRIVING TRADE IN VARIOUS PATENT REMEDIES, AND A THRIVING FOLK CULTURE OF QUACKS, SHILLS, THE GULLIBLE AND THE SKEPTICAL TO GO ALONG WITH IT. AND SO MANY OF THOSE OLD DRUGS HAD POWERFUL, EVEN DANGEROUS INGREDIENTS – OPIATES, ARSENIC – OFTEN MOOD-ALTERING AND ADDICTIVE, WHICH CUSTOMERS WERE URGED TO USE FOR “WHATEVER AILS YOU”. AND CUSTOMERS ENTHUSIASTICALLY COMPLIED. I REMEMBER MY GRANDFATHER CAREFULLY HOARDING HIS LAST FEW BOTTLES OF “GOMBAULT’S CAUSTIC BALSAM – GOOD FOR MAN OR BEAST” – AND ALSO GOOD, SO HE CLAIMED, FOR JUST ABOUT ANY ILL MAN OR BEAST SUFFERED. I ALSO REMEMBER MY MOTHER TELLING ABOUT HER CHILDHOOD NEIGHBORS – WHO SOOTHED THEIR TEETHING CHILDREN TO BED AT NIGHT WITH LAUDANUM, AN OPIATE-ALCOHOL SOLUTION. ***
Catalogue Number
P19880017010
Acquisition Date
1988-03
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS, CARDBOARD
Catalogue Number
P19950038029
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1940
Date Range To
1950
Materials
CANVAS, CARDBOARD
No. Pieces
7
Height
2
Length
31.6
Width
22.1
Description
1. GOLD CANVAS FOLDING POUCH FOR FIRST AID ITEMS. POCKETS FORMED BY SIDE WING OF CENTRAL CLOTH, FOLDED IN AND SEWN INTO COMPARTMENTS. TWO SNAP CLOSURES AT ONE END WHICH FASTEN TO OUTSIDE EDGE OF FOLDED KIT. BEIGE BIAS TAPE AT SEAMS. WHITE TAG AT TOP HAS GREEN PRINT READING "IT PAYS TO BUY FROM SAFETY SUPPPLY SAFE T CLOTHING MADE IN CANADA". SNAPS ENGRAVED "UNITED CARR". CANVAS IS SLIGHTLY SOILED. 2. TUBE OF "TAN-A-BURN": 9.8CM X 2.2CM. ALUMINUM TUBE, PAINTED ORANGE. IN BLACK PRINT, READS "TAN-A-BURN REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. APPROXIMATELY 3/4 OZ. AVOIR FOR BURNS". CONTENTS AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE ALSO PRINTED, WITH "PACKAGED BY MEDICAL SUPPLY COMPANY ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS". 3. VILE OF IODINE: 9.2CM X 1.2CM (D). TINTED PLASTIC VILE WITH BLACK PLASTIC LID, IN WHITE CARDBOARD SHEATH. SHEATH PERFORATED WITH 4 HOLES ALONG LENGTH OF BACK. RED PRINT READS "IODINE APPLICATION 10CC.", WITH POISON SYMBOL, CONTENTS AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE. MANUFACTURED BY "MEDICAL SUPPLY COMPANY ROCKFORD, ILL EVERYTHING FOR FIRST AID". 4. WIRE SPLINT IN BOX: 10.1CM (L) X 5.4CM (W). COMPRESSED, GRATED WIRE SPLINT 3 3/4 IN. X 30 IN. IN LENGTH. PIECE OF GREEN CARBOARD FOLDED INTO END. C/W KHAKI, TOP-OPENING BOX WITH BLACK PRINT READING "MSCO UNIT NO. 116A WIRE SPLINT DISTRIBUTED BY: SAFETY SUPPLY COMPANY CANADA". BACK HAS INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE, WITH DIAGRAM. 5. BANDAGE COMPRESS IN BOX: 10.2CM (L) X 5.5CM (W). TWO 3" BANDAGE COMPRESSES INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED IN GREEN WAXED PAPER. YELLOW LABEL ON FRONT WITH RED INK READING "3" BANDAGE COMPRESS STERILIZED-IF THIS WRAPPER IS BROKEN OR OPENED STERILITY CANNOT BE GUARANTEED. PACKAGED BY MEDICAL SUPPLY COMPANY ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS". CIRCULAR SEAL ON BACK. C/W KHAKI, TOP-OPENING BOX WITH BLACK PRINT READING "MSCO UNIT NO. 121A BANDAGE COMPRESS", WITH MANUFACTURER. INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE, WITH DIAGRAMS, ON BACK. TOP RIGHT CORNER OF BOX CRUSHED. 6. BANDAGE COMPRESS IN BOX: 10.2CM (L) X 5.5CM (W). SINGLE 4" STERILIZED DRESSING, INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED IN GREEN WAXED PAPER. YELLOW LABEL ON FRONT WITH RED PRINT READS "4" BANDAGE COMPRESS STERILIZED-IF THIS WRAPPER IS BROKEN OR OPENED, STERILITY CANNOT BE GUARANTEED. DISTRIBUTED BY MEDICAL SUPPLY CO. ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS". C/W KHAKI, TOP-OPENING BOX WITH BLACK PRINT READING "MSCO UNIT NO. 109A BANDAGE COMPRESS" WITH MANUFACTURER. BACK SAME AS THAT FOR 5. 7. AMMONIA INHALANTS IN BOX: 10.2CM (L) X 5.5CM (W). 9 INDIVIDUAL INHALANTS PACKAGED IN BOX WITH CORRUGATED CARDBOARD SHEET. EACH INHALANT IS WHITE NYLON TUBE WITH FRAYED ENDS, CONTAINING AROMATIC AMMONIA. PAPER LABEL AROUND CENTRE WITH BLUE PRINT READS "AROMATIC AMMONIA FOR USE AS SMELLING SALTS. ALCOHOL 36% STAFFORD LABORATORIES WORCESTER, MASS." FOUR OF INHALANTS HAVE PINK STAINING AT ONE END, FROM CONTENTS. C/W KHAKI TOP-OPENING BOX WITH BLACK PRINT READING "MSCO UNIT NO. 104A AMMONIA INHALANTS" WITH MANUFACTURER. KIT ALSO CONTAINS THREE SAFETY PINS AND ONE LARGE SEWING NEEDLE, WHICH WERE THREADED THROUGH TAG ON CANVAS.
Subjects
MEDICAL & DENTAL T&E
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
History
DONATED IN MEMORY OF MRS. AGNES SHORT, WHO WAS A NURSE IN LETHBRIDGE UNTIL C. 1970. HELPED WITH FIRST POLIO VACCINATION HERE, AND WAS PART OF THE HEALTH CLINIC FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS. FATHER WAS WILLIAM H. SHORT, WHO WAS THE LAST FIRE CHIEF OF THE OLD NO.1 FIREHALL IN LETHBRIDGE. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BELT DONATED BY SHARON DEREK. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK, IS THE NIECE OF AGNES SHORT. AGNES CHRISTINA SHORT WAS BORN ON APRIL 20, 1916 TO WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA SHORT (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). SHE GRADUATED FROM LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE AND THEN ATTDNED THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL FOR NURSING TRAINING, WHICH SHE GRADUATED FROM IN 1939. AGNES WAS THE SUPERVISOR AT THE GALT HOSPITAL FROM 1939-1945. SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE NURSING STAFF OF LETHBRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT #51 FROM 1947 UNTIL 1958. SHE WAS ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING AT THE LETHBRIDGE HEALTH UNIT FROM 1964 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT. SHE RETIRED IN 1980 AFTER 42 YEARS OF NURSING. AGNES PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 78 ON OCTOBER 20, 1994. WILLIAM HENRY SHORT WAS AGNES’S FATHER. HE WAS BORN IN LONDON, ENGLAND IN 1889 AND MOVED TO CANADA IN 1909. HE INITIALLY WORKED FOR THE CITY WATERWORKS DEPARTMENT IN LETHBRIDGE FOR TWO YEARS, BEFORE SPENDING 51 YEARS IN SERVICE OF THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE OVERSAW THE INTRODUCTION OF MOTORIZED FIRE ENGINES, SWITCHING FROM HORSE POWERED WAGONS, IN 1913. HE ALSO SAW THE DEPARTMENT GROW IN SIZE FROM ONLY 13 TO 49 MEN. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 84 ON NOVEMBER 18, 1974. WILLIAM’S WIFE BERTHA L. SHORT PASSED AWAY ON JULY 28, 1989. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE ABOUT AGNES’S LIFE, THE SHORT FAMILY LIVED IN NUMBER 1 FIRE HALL, WHERE WILLIAM WAS FIRE CHIEF. WILLIAM H. AND BERTHA ALSO HAD ANOTHER CHILD, WILLIAM D. SHORT. HE WAS BORN ON AUGUST 16, 1916 AND PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 5, 1990. HE WAS MARRIED TO MYRTLE (NEE NELSON) SHORT AND THEIR CHILDREN INCLUDE THE DONOR, SHARON DERRICK. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILES AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY SHARON DERRICK. ON 1 MARCH 2018, PUNDYK INTERVIEWED DERRICK REGARDING HER DONATION. WHILE THIS SPECIFIC ARTIFACT WAS NOT RECOGNIZED BY THE DONOR AND ITS USER WAS NOT DETERMINED. THE ARTIFACT TYPE COULD BE CONNECTED TO THE FIRE-FIGHTING CAREERS OF EITHER THE DONOR’S GRANDFATHER, WILLIAM H. SHORT, OR THE DONOR’S FATHER, WILLIAM D. SHORT (FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT HISTORY, SEE P19950037007) OR WITH THE NURSING CAREER OF THE DONOR’S AUNT, AGNES SHORT (FOR NURSING HISTORY, SEE P19950037003). AN ARTICLE COMMEMORATING THE CAREER OF WILLIAM H. SHORT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ON JANUARY 16, 1962. IT STATES, “NOT ONLY WILL CHIEF SHORT’S CAREER SOON REACH ITS CLIMAX, THE ROLES PLAYED BY HIS WIFE BERTHA AND HIS DAUGHTER AGNES WILL ALSO COME TO AN END. BOTH WOMEN PLAYED THEIR PART IN THE CHIEF’S FIRE-FIGHTING CAREER… AGNES FOLLOWED THE ENGINES, PROVIDED FIRST AID TREATMENT ON THE SCENE OR LIGHTED THE CIGARETTES FOR THE BOYS WHILE THEY WERE BATTLING FLAMES AND SMOKE.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE REASON FOR THE DONATION OF HER FAMILY’S ARTIFACTS DURING THE 2018 INTERVIEW, DERRICK EXPLAINED, “I WAS THE EXECUTOR FOR MY AUNT’S WILL AND WHEN SHE PASSED AWAY SHE [WAS LIVING IN] MY GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER’S HOME. ALL THIS STUFF HAD BEEN LEFT IN THE HOUSE, SO WHEN WE WERE CLEANING IT OUT FOLLOWING HER DEATH, WE CAME ACROSS ALL THESE THINGS. WHILE I KEPT SOME AS MEMENTOS, MY SISTER AND I [DECIDED TO DONATE OTHER ITEMS TO THE MUSEUM].” PLEASE PERMANENT FILE P19950037001, FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION AND COPIES OF ARTICLES REGARDING THE FAMILY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19950038029
Acquisition Date
1995-06
Collection
Museum
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